Defense focuses on drug use in Wesley trial

By Kelly McCarthy

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 14, 2013 at 1:05 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The trial of a Binghamton woman accused of driving drunk and killing three of her friends picks back up in Broome county court. Jaclyn Wesley's bench trial continued Friday with her attorneys making last-ditch efforts to keep their client out of prison.

The defense called four witnesses to the stand Friday, but that didn't seem to be the main focus of their case. Several times defense lawyers brought up the legal terms of what it means to be intoxicated, and that being intoxicated can only be caused by alcohol.

The defense began their case by motioning to dismiss all charges based on the prosecution's evidence. It's a standard question posed by defense attorneys after the state has presented its case.

Wesley's attorneys say the state couldn't prove that her actions were caused only by the fact she was drinking.

At the time of the crash, Wesley, 25, was taking prescription drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and depression.

The defense argued there is no way to tell if Wesley's deadly crash was caused only by alcohol, and not by a combination of the effects of both drinking and taking drugs.

Wesley is accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 in May 2011. She was driving on Interstate 88 in the Town of Fenton. The SUV she was driving went off the road and into the Chenango River.

All three of her passengers were killed. Wesley was the only survivor.

Wesley did not take the witness stand. She is charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter.